RSRIZZO (1959) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker glass at 41°. Color is a bright clear gold with good carbonation and a tight white head. Aroma is a big fresh floral hop scent. It has a lighter medium body that goes down with a creamy crisp feel. Finish comes in with a clean hoppy flavor, a touch of grain then a bold bright bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness holds on with a grassy hop taste. This is a well done IPA.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was creamy, two fingers high and off white with good retention and lacing. Attractive aroma that included the likes of earthy & citrusy hops, pale malt and a hint of vanilla. Light to medium bodied and dryish with moderate bitterness. There was a bit of chalk in the mouth. I tasted hop mostly. Citrus, grass, and dried leaves. The malt backbone was ample with notes of subdued graham and caramel. Lingering bitterness.
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best ,most accessible IPAs on the market. Lighter bodied and not cloyingly sweet or tacky in feel, this avoids the most basic and common errors in IPAs today. The initial aromas are wonderful Simcoey/CCC, however some skunk becomes prominent later on. Not sure where that came from. This was packaged in brown glass. Definitely some strong skunk going on here though. Still a remarkable and delicious IPA that’s not afraid to be very bitter.
anwegmann (17) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IPA. Has a deep, sustained taste that stays with you. Bold, hoppy, very nice. Doesn’t tickle as much as others I’ve tried. Tastes more like a full pale ale than a true IPA, a la Dale’s Pale Ale (which is extraordinary). Color is a bit light for an IPA, which is kind of misleading. Overall, extremely well done. Much, much better than New Blegium’s seasonal pale ale.
TheShark (18) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Wonderful aroma, great appearance, smooth taste - overall a fantastic IPA beer by New Belgium!
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Kahootz: Clear copper color with no head. This is a well-made basic IPA with a good hop presence and the average bitter aftertaste one is looking for in this style. Aroma is grassy, hay and grapefruit rinds. Pretty good, exceeded my expectations.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Twain’s. Pours clear amber with a small beige head, little lacing. Aroma is nice mix of pine and resinous hops. Pretty nice. Taste is very hoppy, lots of pine notes, some mild citrus and malt notes as well. Mouth is pretty full, though pretty well carbonated. Finish is bitter. Overall, a nice IPA.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy orangish color with a decent white head. Left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was grass, pine, and floral hops. Flavor was citrus, pine and hops. Aftertaste was bitter. And bitter the way I like it. A very good beer.
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour with a pillowy white head that leaves a beautiful lacing behind. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Flavor is actually a lot less aggressive than I expected with the hoppiness coming through but in a pleasantly mild way ending with a nice bite in the finish.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty hazed-orange pour with fluffy white head. Nose is abundant pine and citrus hoppiness. Flavors are likewise hop-forward but also has a sweet caramel/toffee backbone as well. Dry, almost astringent hop nite in the finish, with the emphsis on the pine and grapefruit. Good brew.